Romeo Schiavon was born in Treviso, Italy, and arrived in Australia in 1937. He worked in shipping, import and wholesale and married May in 1953. Passionate about journalism, May had a career as an administrator and occasional writer with the Melbourne Herald. Romeo passed away in 1998 and lifelong friend Duilio Barro and solicitor Peter Arnold were appointed trustees of his estate. The Schiavon’s goddaughter Rhonda Barro replaced her father as a trustee on his passing in 2009.
One or more annual scholarships may be offered from this amount for students studying journalism at the University.
May be paid as a fortnightly living allowance/stipend for the period of the program (2 years) or paid in lump sum instalments at the discretion of the selection committee.
Offered to a student ‘enrolled or enrolling’ in the 150 point or 200 point program in MC-JOURN Master of Journalism at The University of Melbourne, and available for the term of their degree.
Recipients are required to:
- Accept award online within 21 days
- Write two letters of appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance and after completion)
- Recipient must provide a progress report mid-way through the program and this must meet the satisfaction of the committee for payments to continue.
Scholarships will be assessed and awarded on the recommendation of a selection committee. Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.
Complete the online application form and upload the following supporting documents:
- Project proposal (a proposal for a major piece of journalism in any format), which is achievable and is able to be published in The Citizen (and possibly co-published with other media outlets) – 400 words
- Career statement (a statement of the applicant’s journalistic ambitions and an outline of how they are exploring opportunities in the profession) – 100 words
- Portfolio of work (a selection of the applicant's published (or unpublished) journalism that demonstrates their abilities.
Please ensure you have the above information available before you commence your online application.
The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.
The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.
Taxation on scholarships
Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).
To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.
For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.